AS Daily News Roundup: Monday, April 30, 2012

Table of Contents
Education
PBN: Grants to help promote reading achievement
Health and Wellness
PBN: South County explores merger with Westerly Hospital
PBN: Chamber panel on benefits exchange voices unity
PBN: Blue Cross, Westerly tussle over contract
PBN: Five Questions With: Dr. Ponnandai S. Somasunda
Politics and Government
WRNI: Tax scams and the $6 million man
ProJo: Raimondo sees danger in tampering with overhaul
ProJo: Playing by new rules
ProJo: A woman’s touch seen as way to heal Congress
ProJo: GOP got a boost from unaffiliated primary voters
ProJo: Common Cause faults state for paying lawmakers’ dues
ProJo: Wards put grant money to use locally
Opinion
ProJo Editorial: Whittling away reform
ProJo: In defense of ultrasound bill


Education

PBN: Grants to help promote reading achievement
By PBN Staff

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation last week announced grants totaling $1.8 million that will allow The Learning Community to provide professional-development training for reading-achievement work for the staff of five local elementary schools.

http://www.pbn.com/Grants-to-help-promote-reading-achievement,67192?sub_type=stories,packages

Health and Wellness

PBN: South County explores merger with Westerly Hospital
By Richard Asinof

WAKEFIELD – The board of trustees at South County Hospital is exploring the possibility of creating a combined health care delivery system for Washington County, taking over the operations of Westerly Hospital, now in receivership, according to Eve Keenan, chairwoman of the board.

http://www.pbn.com/South-County-explores-merger-with-Westerly-Hospital,67159

PBN: Chamber panel on benefits exchange voices unity

By Richard Asinof

PROVIDENCE – A Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce forum, held on April 24, focused on implementation the R.I. Health Benefits Exchange and featured a panel that included the three leaders of commercial health insurers in Rhode Island.

http://www.pbn.com/Chamber-panel-on-benefits-exchange-voices-unity-,67158

PBN: Blue Cross, Westerly tussle over contract

By Richard Asinof

WESTERLY – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, saying that they are owed more than $75,000 in payments for health insurance provided to employees at Westerly Hospital, have asked Superior Court Judge Brian Stern to compel the hospital to pay or allow the health insurer to end employees’ coverage.

http://www.pbn.com/Blue-Cross-Westerly-tussle-over-contract,67157

PBN: Five Questions With: Dr. Ponnandai S. Somasunda
By Richard Asinof

Roger Williams Medical Center is the first hospital in Rhode Island to acquire the NanoKnife, which uses high-voltage but low-energy pulses to create defects in a cancer tumor cell’s membrane. This treatment leads to the death of the tumor cell, mimicking natural cell death.

http://pbn.com/Five-Questions-With-Dr-Ponnandai-S-Somasunda,67156?sub_type=stories,packages

Politics and Government

WRNI: Tax scams and the $6 million man
By Scott Mackay

The leafy neighborhoods on Providence’s East Side make up one of top urban residential neighborhoods between Boston and Georgetown. These walk-and-bike friendly streets near Brown University and Prospect Park are home to some of Rhode Island wealthiest residents.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.newsmain/article/7057/0/1925259/Politics/Tax.scams.and.the.$6.million.man


ProJo: Raimondo sees danger in tampering with overhaul (A1)
By Philip Marcelo
PROVIDENCE –– Less than six months after lawmakers approved a comprehensive plan to overhaul the state pension system, labor unions representing police, firefighters and state workers have backed at least four bills in the General Assembly that are designed to roll back some of the changes made last year.

ProJo: Playing by new rules (A1)
By Alisha A. Pina
PROVIDENCE — It’s no wonder 17-year-old Noel Puello thinks of New Urban Arts as his home.  He makes waffles there most mornings and races back after school to unwind and laugh with friends. It’s also where the budding fashion designer and sculptor honed what could be his future career.

ProJo: A woman’s touch seen as way to heal Congress (A1)
By John Mulligan
WASHINGTON — It’s been many years since Claudine Schneider has taken to the stump in Rhode Island but on the evidence of a preview last week, her return to the public stage on Monday is going to be like old times.

ProJo: GOP got a boost from unaffiliated primary voters (A3)
By Randal Edgar and Philip Marcelo
At first glance, it would appear that voter turnout in last Tuesday’s presidential primary was stronger for Republicans than Democrats. After all, roughly two-thirds of the 22,598 ballots cast for presidential candidates were cast with a Republican ballot.

ProJo: Common Cause faults state for paying lawmakers’ dues (A5)
By Philip Marcelo
Should Rhode Island taxpayers be footing the bill for lawmakers’ membership dues to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, a national, business-backed conservative group that has come under fire this month?

ProJo: Wards put grant money to use locally (A6)
By Alisha A. Pina
PROVIDENCE — A plan to revitalize the rundown Corliss Park in the Wanskuck neighborhood is under way.

Opinion

ProJo Editorial: Whittling away reform (B6)
The state pension reform that saved Rhode Island from fiscal devastation has barely begun to take hold. But some politicians are already trying to undo it.

ProJo: In defense of ultrasound bill (B7)
By Becky Miller
Shame, shame, shame. That word comes up over and over again in coverage of Rhode Island’s Ultrasound Informed Consent Bill (2012-H7205). Foes of the legislation assert that it seeks to “shame” women who are pursuing abortions.
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